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Poetry: Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en Hallowe’en begins with the ringing of the bells Celebration for our long since dead The ringing bells Expel those whom seek to harm Candles light the windows Reflecting dancing flames Warding off witches Burning ‘til midnight Keeping evil influences … Continue reading

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Halloween Reads: Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton Hardcover, 229 pages Published October 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve … Continue reading

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Halloween: Fort Edmonton Spooktacular Recap

Fort Edmonton Park Spooktacular ‘The Witching Hour’ One of my ultimate favourite Halloween events is the annual Spooktacular at Fort Edmonton Park. Fort Edmonton is one of Edmonton’s treasures – nothing compares to creepy atmosphere the park creates at Halloween. … Continue reading

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Halloween: Traditional Halloween

Traditional Halloween The Halloween we celebrate today is a very modern twist on an ancient pagan ritual. The recurring themes of fall foods, mumming, and divination are the primary connectors. Our survey of historic cookbooks and newspapers confirms Americans began … Continue reading

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31 Days of Halloween: Must Read–Trick or Treat A History of Halloween

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary … Continue reading

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31 Days of Halloween: Why Do We Carve Pumpkins?

A fun fall activity, carving Jack-o’-lanterns actually has its roots in a sinister, tragic fable. Celtic folklore tells the tale of a drunken farmer named Jack who tricked the devil, but his trickery resulted in him being turned away from … Continue reading

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Spiritual Roots of Halloween

THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF HALLOWEEN Halloween has turned into a fun and fright fest in the U.S., but this secular holiday roots and influences than go a lot deeper than candy, costumes and cavorting. There’s a reason why Halloween revolves … Continue reading

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